Following reports on his alleged drinking problem, SuperSport United midfielder Sipho Mbule set the record straight on various issues that made rounds in the media.
Mbule, who stole the hearts of many when scored a thunder in the CAF Confederation Cup final against DRC giants TP Mazembe in 2017, proved to be a quality player in the 2019/20 campaign living up to the promise he showed when his football career kickstarted.
The 22-year-old, however, had some challenges which contributed to his apparent stagnation, from fitness issues, lousy attitude to alleged drinking problems.
The Amaglug-glug player has since cleared the air, touching all issues which could have contributed to his career surprisingly being stalled.
“Do you know that I was staying at the clubhouse at the time? Now how was I going to be able to do the things that I was accused of doing while staying right at the club’s premises?,” Mbule told Soccer Laduma.
“People can make up stories but I am concentrating on helping the team and improving more than anything else. I have never had such problems or misbehaved – never.”
The under-23 international also revealed that after receiving sound advice from departing captain Dean Furman as well as Matsatsantsa head coach Kaitano Tembo, his career took a turn for the better.
“After coach Kaitano and Dean spoke to me, they made me realize that football does not owe me anything. I think having pre-season after they spoke to me helped me a lot.
“Now I am an example of what a good attitude towards the game can do for you as a footballer. I never had a drinking problem like people were saying. I was just being young and needed guidance,” Mbule added.